Mansoureh Vahedahmadian Mansoureh Vahedahmadian

Elementary level


In this lesson, the students will learn how to make suggestions. At the beginning of the class they will listen to two people who are deciding to buy a gift for their friend's birthday. This part will be followed by some phrases used for making suggestions. They will also do some controlled practice activities in order to get more focused on the target language. By the end of the lesson, they will be able to have conversations with their partners/ in groups using suggestion phrases and decide what gift to buy for their friends.


Abc Face to Face Elmentary book Exercise 9a (Audio Recording R3.9)
Abc Photos from Google
Abc The photo on page 27 of Face to Face Elmentary book
Abc Face to Face Elmentary book Exercise 9b
Abc Face to Face Elmentary book Exercise 10a
Abc The Projector
Abc The answer key to exercise 4 in the WB
Abc Exercise 4 from Face to Face Elementary WB
Abc Small pieces of paper

Main Aims

  • To teach the students functional language for suggestions in the context of buying gifts.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To have the students listen to a recording on buying gifts and help them have conversations with their partners deciding what gift to buy for a friend.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I will start the class by contextualizing the language items they are going to study through some photos of birthday parties and gift boxes. And elicit the Ss ideas about what to buy for my husband's birthday. And I will expose them to the TL functions of 'suggestions'.

Pre-Listening (2-3 minutes) • To prepare students for the recording

I will ask them to make predictions on what the people in the photo are talking about with a partner.

While-Listening #1 (4-5 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information listening task

I will get the Ss to listen for the gist of the conversation to find out what they will buy for their friends. Then they will check with their partners.

While-Listening #2 (4-5 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed listening task

The Ss will listen a second time and do the activity in Part b. They will check with a partner. I'll display that activity large on the board using the projector. Then as a feedback, I will ask two volunteers to go to the board and write the correct answers in the gaps.

Post-Listening / Language Functions (6-8 minutes) • To provide the opportunity for a guided discovery of the TL items

I will get them to do the next activity by referring back to the conversation they have just listened to. They check their answers with a partner and for the feedback part, I will give them the answers printed on big pieces of paper. Then I will display the activity on the board using the projector and ask for volunteers to go and stick them onto the board. And I will get them to repeat the items after me. Then I will ask them to practice saying the conversation in 9b with their partners.

Controlled practice (6-8 minutes) • To get the students more focused on the TL

I will hand out the related activity from the WB and ask them to fill in the blanks. Then they will check with a partner and then I will stick the answer key on the board and ask for a representative from each group to go and check their answers. Then, if time allows, I will ask them to practice saying the conversation in 9b with their partners.

Freer Practice (10-12 minutes) • To create fun and enthusiasm among the Ss and to make them personalise the items

I will give them small pieces of paper to write their favorite gifts on. Then I will collect and shuffle them. I will put them in groups of three or four and will give each group three or four cards depending on the size of the group. Then, for modelling I will ask one student to stand up and have a short conversation with me to decide on what to buy another student in the class. Next they have to use those items and they have to discuss which one will be the best one to buy for another person from the next group. Here they have to persuade and dissuade each other and will use a lot of the TL items they have just learned. Finally, those people will stand up and go to their new groups and will get the gift.

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